Composer Jerome Leroy is a new name to many of us within the film music collecting circle, but from what I have heard of his music thus far I as a collector am impressed. Recently I reviewed His score for A BETTER PLACE and now I am pleased to say there is another offering from this composer, THE MISTOVER TALE, released on the Momentum label it is somewhat different from his score to A BETTER PLACE in fact I would say it is completely removed from the style of that score, in many ways it evokes for me the music of Richard Rodney Bennett in the fact that it is quite sparse but at the same time melodic with a sound that is quintessentially English or at least a style and sound that one associates with British movies such as FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD and LADY CAROLINE LAMB for example and when reading the liner notes after listening to the score I can understand why, the movie was based upon THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE by Thomas Hardy and it is said that the director was at first keen to have a European composer work on the picture. There is a definite Irish mood purveyed within the score, the composer interweaving a handful of solo instruments together within the works opening track OVERTURE that include woodwind, violin and harp which he combines to create a delicate and affecting fragile tone poem. There are also within the scores running time a number of pieces and nuances that can I suppose be likened to Christopher Young’s intricate and lingering thematic material on HAUNTED SUMMER and also Zbignew Preisner,s beautiful work on films such as THE SECRET GARDEN and WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN. Leroy’s subtle utilisation of strings combined with solo voice, Celtic harp, fiddle and woodwind is stunningly effective and conjures up an aura that is totally calming and hypnotic. Classical guitar is also brought into the proceedings and cimbalom is added to the mix sparingly to create an atmosphere that is laced with mystery and can only be described as magical. I cannot recommend this soundtrack enough, it is entertaining and mesmerising.